“Once I got into college, I started to listen to electronic music and trip-hop, down-tempo drum and bass, and other things I hadn’t really been exposed to when I was in Illinois. It was a very eye-opening time for me.
“Air became the soundtrack for me. I went to Paris for a semester, and I can remember listening to my Discman with my headphones while I road the Metro. It was an incredible transporting experience.
“The instrumental tracks on Moon Safari set such a great vibe. Walking around Paris and having Air as the sonic background to everything I was seeing made it all very romantic and new. The grooves are so soothing and sexy – even today, the music puts me in a wonderful mood.
“This record also got me into appreciating the bass. All my life, I’d been really into guitars, but Moon Safari has such gorgeous melodic basslines that really drive the music in a big way.”